Courts, Police, and Fire

Attorney general sues Paxton B&B that discriminated against gay couple

PAXTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton that failed to comply with an order issued by the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which determined the B&B discriminated against a couple based on their sexual orientation.

'Suspicious' fire causes extensive damage to Loda building

LODA — Fire caused extensive damage to a restaurant and bar in downtown Loda and the apartments immediately behind it Monday night, but no one was injured.

Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker said the cause of the blaze at The Owl’s Nest, 208 N. Oak St., remained undetermined, but the fire was being investigated as “suspicious.”

Site of 1979 gun fight on I-57 finally memorialized

PAXTON — William “Bill” Caisse will always be remembered as a mentor to his younger brother Bob.

Bob recalls how he would look up to Bill as the two participated in track-and-field at Paxton Community High School in the 1960s, and every time Bill would set a record, Bob would try to beat it.

One in critical condition after three-vehicle crash near Watseka

WATSEKA — A Sheldon woman remained in critical condition at an Urbana hospital Friday following a three-vehicle accident east of Watseka.

Police Blotter (Oct. 17, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Bus driver ticketed in accident south of Paxton

PAXTON — The driver of a Paxton-Buckley-Loda school bus that was carrying six students when it was involved in a collision with a car at a rural intersection last week has been ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Paxton Police Blotter (Oct. 15, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Oct. 10, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Terrance D. Carswell, 33, of Berwyn, for possession of 250 to 1,001 of unstamped cigarettes and a violation of transporter requirements.

Police Blotter (Oct. 10, 2018)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

Three men accused of trafficking cigarettes from Tennessee

PAXTON — Felony charges have been filed against three men from Cook County who allegedly had 30 cartons of cigarettes purchased in Tennessee in their possession during a traffic stop last month in Ford County.

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